Drought Watch

Current Conditions of Lake McClure – February 1, 2017

Following five consecutive years of drought, Lake McClure is quickly filling this year and is currently at approximately 75 percent of its capacity with more water on the way from a heavy snowpack in the Sierra.

The snowpack water content for the Merced River watershed is currently reported at 184 percent of the February 1 average, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Just two years ago, the reservoir had fallen to a historic low of about 6 percent of its capacity.

Central California officially remains in a drought at this time. However, Lake McClure is expected to be relatively full.

As with any other year, decisions related to water allocations for the 2017 irrigation season will be made by the MID Board of Directors in the coming weeks.


January 26, 2017 - High River Flows Expected on Merced River
January 20, 2017 - MID Groundwater Recharge Basins Utilizing Storm Water
January 12, 2017 - Lake McClure reaches 65 percent of capacity
January 9, 2017 - Update on Merced River flows and Lake McClure continue to make it available to the public.



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